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FAIRLIGHT TOUTS KEYBOARD SWITCHING TECHNOLOGY

Sydney, Australia (November 20, 2007)–Fairlight has developed “a new transformational keyboard technology.” The new keyboard technology can change contextually on-the-fly and allows implementation of cascading submenu trees, animated status indicators and enables icon-driven menus on its keys. The Fairlight keyboard is currently shipping as a component of the Fairlight Xynergi media production center.

According to Fairlight CEO, John Lancken, the new key switch technology advances interaction between people and media by guiding the next step in menu-driven applications. This is achieved with or by transforming keys using icons or any of 600 available Microsoft fonts.

“The keyboard switching technology eliminates an entire series of synapses that would otherwise be required to navigate from inspiration to execution,” Lancken said. “Beyond digital audio and video, there are tremendous applications for these switches in industrial computing, distance learning, technology training, traditional teaching, trading desk, network operation, quick service restaurants, retail and wherever people and information co-exist.”

The controller can support any type of language or icon driven menu structure with an ‘on-demand’ QWERTY keyboard for routine naming tasks and immediate access to MS Office tools such as email, Word and Excel. The controller also features eight touch-sensitive rotary controllers and multiple soft keys arranged around a color control zone known as the “pad.”

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Fairlight designs and manufactures media production systems powered by the company‘s groundbreaking CC-1 FPGA digital processing engine. The Fairlight product range includes Constellation, Xynergi, Anthem and Pyxis, all of which feature in the world‘s leading broadcasters, commercial post facilities, music studios and film production studios. Fairlight has a rich tradition of innovation and development and is at the forefront of green computing technology.

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FAIRLIGHT LAUNCHES “XYNERGI”

Introduces the world to the groundbreaking XYNERGI controller; a unique desktop interface centralizing tactile control of Fairlight‘s CC-1 technology platform and Windows applications

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, September 7th, 2007 — In an introduction that is poised to dramatically open up the equipment choices available to today‘s‘ media creators, Fairlight today launched the new XYNERGI Media Production Centre.

Xynergi organizes and delivers a suite of all the media processing tools needed for high end audio for video production in all widely used surround formats. Xynergi is based around a completely new concept in tactile control which harnesses the awesome ‘green‘ processing power of Fairlight‘s CC-1 digital media engine.

The Xynergi controller features a unique implementation of self labeling key switches which are able to display full colour images, icons or text to provide intelligent control over the entire recording, editing and mixing process. In addition the controller can support any type of language or icon driven menu structure with an ‘on-demand‘ QWERTY keyboard for routine naming tasks and immediate access to MS OfficeTM tools such as email, WordTM and ExcelTM. The controller also features eight touch sensitive rotary controllers and multiple soft keys arranged around a color control zone known as the “pad”. These can be used to support Xynergi‘s sophisticated mix automation system as well as precise control over extensive signal processing facilities which include multi-band EQs, three stage dynamics, multi dimensional panning and auxiliary sends.

The real essence of the controller lies in its ability to intelligently know what mode the operator is in, presenting ONLY the functions relevant to the desired mode whilst hiding those that aren‘t. The result is less keystrokes, more control and greater productivity all of which contribute to an enhanced creative operational experience.

“The Xynergi Media Production Centre brings together the most powerful, versatile and scalable media production system in the world today” announced John Lancken, Chief Executive Officer, Fairlight. “This revolutionary new control interface literally puts multi-dimensional tactile control at the fingertips of the creative community. When combined with the CC-1 engine, Xynergi dramatically increases the creative firepower that engineers, artists and producers have to work with.”

The Xynergi Media Production Centre will be debuting at this year‘s IBC Exhibition in Amsterdam from September 7th to 11th with prices starting from under €20,000.

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Fairlight designs and manufactures media production systems powered by the company‘s groundbreaking CC-1 FPGA digital processing engine. The Fairlight product range includes Constellation, Xynergi, Anthem and Pyxis, all of which feature in the world‘s leading broadcasters, commercial post facilities, music studios and film production studios. Fairlight has a rich tradition of innovation and development and is at the forefront of green computing technology.

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FAIRLIGHT MAKES LIMITED TIME ‘FREE XYNERGI FADER SIDECAR‘ OFFER TO ITS E-NEWSLETTER SUBSCR

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, NOVEMBER 14, 2007 – In a move that proves it pays to get your information on-line these days, Fairlight announced a very special offer to all of its e-newsletter subscribers. The company is offering a free 12-fader sidecar to all purchasers of the Xynergi MPC-144 who sign-up for the company‘s bi-monthly DREAMTimes e-newsletter. The e-newsletter is packed with information on new developments as well as product spotlights and informative articles on operational techniques and practices.

The DREAMTimes newsletter was ‘first‘ to deliver the breaking news on the Xynergi Media Production Centre and provided readers with a full briefing on this amazing new media creation system.

The special offer effectively equips Xynergi users with a sophisticated and tactile fader sidecar to support mixing in the way users find most rewarding. It features motorised and touch sensitive faders and encoders, automation enables, up to eight fader set selections, OLED information displays plus a fully programmable joystick panner.

The Xynergi fader sidecar completes what is emerging as the most exciting and powerful media production system available.

The offer runs until 31 December 2007. Terms apply. See Fairlight‘s website for details www.fairlightau.com

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Fairlight designs and manufactures media production systems powered by the company‘s groundbreaking CC-1 FPGA digital processing engine. The Fairlight product range includes Constellation, Xynergi, Anthem and Pyxis, all of which feature in the world‘s leading broadcasters, commercial post facilities, music studios and film production studios. Fairlight has a rich tradition of innovation and development and is at the forefront of green computing technology.

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XYNERGI‘S REVOLUTIONARY NEW PARADIGM – XPLAIN!

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 20, 2007 — Fairlight launches an innovative online help system called “Xplain” which is built right into the revolutionary new Xynergi Tactile Controller. It enables users to work continuously, without having to stop and refer to a manual for assistance.

“The fantastic thing about Xplain is that it is quick and easy, and lets you “see into” the buttons on the Xynergi controller‘s surface. You don’t have to stop working to get help – you can quickly dip in and out of it without waiting for screens to load, and without searching through lists of topics to find what you need. It is a great way to learn the system, or brush up on techniques you have not used for a while,” said Stuart DeMarais, Sales and Marketing Director.

The Xplain system delivers two different modes of on demand help.
The first mode is used when the operator is wondering about the function of a particular switch. Simply press the switch whilst holding down the Xplain button, and the system will display in the pad an explanation of the switch‘s function. This is an easy interactive way to learn the terminology of the system, and pick up the finer points of using it.

The second mode is Xplain‘s “How-To” system which includes a series of over sixty mini-tutorials that teach the operator how to perform certain tasks. There are ten major headings, with names of essential functions like Recording, Editing, Mixing and Automation, each of these can have up to ten sub-headings. Under Editing, for example, there are tutorials for Cut and Paste, Trimming, Slipping, Fades and Xfades, Shortcuts and more. Each sub-heading leads the user through a typical operational sequence that is easily navigated by pressing flashing switches. Explanatory notes are provided at each step of a sequence and intelligent navigation means that the user can start anywhere in the sequence, move forwards or take a few steps back.

Watch the short demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DkcfmufqiM

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Fairlight designs and manufactures media production systems powered by the company‘s groundbreaking CC-1 FPGA digital processing engine. The Fairlight product range includes Constellation, Xynergi, Anthem and Pyxis, all of which feature in the world‘s leading broadcasters, commercial post facilities, music studios and film production studios. Fairlight has a rich tradition of innovation and development and is at the forefront of green computing technology.

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Canadian Country Music Awards ‘All Ears’ With Soundcraft Vi6™

REGINA, SK, Canada – November 2007 — For the past 26 years, the annual broadcast of the Canadian Country Music Awards has recognized and celebrated the best in Canadian country music. For this year’s event held at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Toronto-based P.A. Plus Productions chose to recognize another outstanding performer, the Soundcraft Vi6™ digital live sound console, which was deployed as the dedicated monitor desk for the entire show. more

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Sound On Stage Deploys L-ACOUSTICS To Reinforce The Bridge

V-DOSC rig flown at 2007 Bridge School Benefit concerts featuring ‘unplugged’ performances from Metallica, Neil Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Waits and others

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – November 2007 — Hosted by Neil Young, the annual Bridge School Benefit concerts, now in their 21st year, are unique in one important respect: no backline amplifiers are allowed on stage. As in previous years, organizers of this ultimate unplugged concert series held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, again turned to Hayward-based Sound On Stage for an ultra-precision L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker system to reinforce the acoustic sets of an extremely eclectic lineup of artists including Metallica, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Waits fronting Kronos Quartet, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara, Regina Spektor and, of course, Neil Young, himself. more

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HHB FLASHMIC TELL IT/WIN IT PROMOTION

OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT: When HHB introduced the world’s first digital recording microphone back in 2005, the flash recorder/professional-grade Sennheiser microphone hybrid was set for success. With a total of four models now on the market, HHB’s FlashMic has reached the hands of even more dedicated users – of which there are many.

To get a hold of the many remarkable stories and interviews the FlashMic has captured, HHB is soliciting “FlashMic Case Studies” from its worldwide legion of devoted users, including BBC World News reporters and amateur podcasters alike. HHB will feature the best anecdotes in a forthcoming series of advertisements, and users whose stories are selected will win a free FlashMic.

Participants need only navigate to www.hhb.co.uk/flashmic to submit a short summary of their interesting FlashMic application, along with up to five digital photographs. A print ad created from a typical case study is also available from the same site to help guide participants. It features journalist Sarah Kirkup of Classic FM and her coverage of the Classical BRIT Awards in London. Without an awkward tangle of cables to distract or intimidate her interviewees, Kirkup was able to gracefully interview a “who’s who list” of British classical stars with her FlashMic.

“We’re excited to hear about all the cool ways people are using their FlashMics,” said Dawn Birr, brand manager for HHB, “and our curiosity alone would have been sufficient to run this case study offer. However, by using these case studies in our advertisements, we hope to underscore the tremendous variety of uses that the FlashMic inspires and the myriad of ways in which the device has permitted users to do things that they could not have previously. Nothing could make those points more clearly than case studies from real users.”

There is no purchase necessary for participation. The case study offer is open to everyone except employees of HHB Communications Ltd. and Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. By submitting a FlashMic case study, users accept that their case study and photographs may be used in HHB advertising and promotional materials.

HHB products are distributed exclusively in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean by Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. HHB joins a list of distinguished audio brands distributed by Sennheiser, including Neumann microphones, Klein + Hummel studio systems and installed sound products and Turbosound loudspeakers.

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Jack Perry Masters Barry White at Bernie Grundman‘s

First Ever Live Audio Release of the “Maestro of Love”


Pictured at Bernie Grundman Mastering are mastering engineer Patricia Sullivan FourStar and Barry White producer Jack Perry. Photo by David Goggin.

Los Angeles, CA, November, 2007– Longtime Barry White producer and conductor Jack Perry recently mastered “An Evening with Barry White,” the first ever live audio release of the artist known as the “Maestro of Love.” Mastering engineer Patricia Sullivan FourStar, who has worked with Perry for many years, completed the mastering sessions for the music of one of America‘s modern day musical icons.

“Patricia just has a great ear and her editing skills are superb,” commented producer Perry, who also conducted the Love Unlimited Orchestra for the concert recorded live on 9/9/99 at the Arrowhead Pond in Southern California during the final concert tour of White‘s long and legendary career. “Pat is the fastest editor I have ever worked with and I have worked with a lot of engineers. Mastering is that final stage where you have one last chance to make it right and Pat always comes through with the best.”

“An Evening with Barry White includes the multiplatinum “Practice What You Preach” and his other classic hits (“It‘s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me”- “You‘re The First, The Last, My Everything”- “I Can‘t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” and others). For information about the album, visit: http://www.eaglerockent.com.

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TWO 48-CHANNEL SSL DUALITY CONSOLES MAKE THE GRADE FOR MCNALLY SMITH COLLEGE OF MUSIC

The prestigious McNally Smith College of Music has chosen a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality console as the centerpiece for each of its two newly renovated studios. Duality, the fastest selling large format console in SSL‘s history, combines the legendary sound of the SSL E, G & K Series electronics with extended Digital Audio Workstation integration.

“When our chair of Recording Technology, Bryan Forrester, decided to upgrade studios One and Two, the clear choice became the SSL Duality console,” explains André Fischer, Dean of Music Industries at McNally Smith College of Music and celebrated producer of artists such as Natalie Cole, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight and Frank Sinatra. “We needed both practical and functional equipment for the students, many of whom have extensive experience with digital audio software at school and on their home computers. The Duality consoles flawlessly bridge the gap between the all-computer experience of the students and the real-world professional environment in which they will work to create new music.”

With 560+ students and an 80+ member faculty, McNally Smith College of Music is devoted to excellence in music industry higher education and in developing music industry professionals and entrepreneurs. An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, McNally Smith offers music degrees and programs in Recording Technology, Music Business, Performance and Composition. Studios One and Two are back to back and the Duality consoles offer two identical production environments, expanding the college‘s scheduling and teaching opportunities.

“The Duality offers all kinds of great options for us,” explains Forrester. “For example, the use of the new ‘split signal flow architecture,‘ which enables any desired combination of analogue channel processing to be used in conjunction with a DAW record path, is very powerful. SSL installed the consoles and we were up and running right away. The endless features and ease of operation are amazing.”

Duality is the analogue console for the digital age and offers the creative artist and engineer an incredible powerhouse of sonic colors and signal routing possibilities. Duality combines the unique qualities of analogue audio with ‘at a glance‘ visual feedback and DAW control at the center of the console, all in the industry standard ergonomic package top professionals rely on everyday. Each input channel offers a SuperAnalogue™ mic preamp and a Variable Harmonic Drive™ input stage designed to add analogue character to sterile workstation outputs. The harmonic drive control provides the engineer with a wide range of options from the warmth of 50‘s tubes to the ‘edge‘ of 70‘s transistors. Duality is fast becoming the darling of the education community with an installation list that‘s growing in leaps and bounds.

“I am a big fan of SSL consoles because I have had great success using them on past projects, and Duality is perfect for McNally Smith‘s unique teaching environment and we are thoroughly pleased,” comments Fischer. “SSL always provides a versatile product that is always changing with the times.”

Solid State Logic is the world‘s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solid-state-logic.com.

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A-Designs Audio EM-PEQs Score Big With John Rodd

WEST HILLS, California – November 2007 — Renowned score recording and mixing engineer John Rodd is a master of his craft, sought after by some of the biggest composers in Hollywood. In films, television and video games, Rodd’s work ranges from large-scale orchestral recordings on the finest scoring stages in the world, to hybrid scores that blend orchestral music with rock, jazz and electronic elements. Working in a variety of Los Angeles facilities, as well as his own private studio, Rodd recently added a pair of A-Designs Audio EM-PEQ modules to his set of essential hardware tools. more

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